• Released
  • June 11, 1982
  • PG , 1 hr 55 min
  • Family
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 257 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A suburban California boy (Henry Thomas) befriends a harmless, homesick alien stranded on Earth.

Movie Reviews

Critic Ratings

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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Always a magical film. For its anniversary rerelease, though, it's been extensively restored and even partly reshot by Spielberg. It now...
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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Beaming back on screens for its 20th anniversary, holds up spectacularly well.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
It's one modern film worthy of being called a contemporary classic.
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100

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
An all-time classic that seems even better after two decades.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In E.T., Spielberg proved a herald of the age when moviegoers would make full-time friends with fantasy, but his most special effect was...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This movie made my heart glad. It is filled with innocence, hope, and good cheer. It is also wickedly funny and exciting as hell.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
If we approach with sympathy and curiosity, we will be rewarded with same. And our souls, not to mention our bicycles, will soar to the...
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100

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Music for the eyes. That's why it has become a treasured classic. That's why we'll see it again and again.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
When E.T. debuts on DVD, you can choose between the new version, which better matches E.T.'s words to his lips, and the sweetly clunky,...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A fine picture because it can still, without fail, make an entire audience of children shut up and fall in love with a little green alien...
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What

By vladv123
Completely unbelievable. That alien liked to drink and eat skittles :(...

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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.
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